End-of-year treat at Henry Tudor House

Henry Tudor House in Shrewsbury has gained a well-deserved reputation as an excellent venue for live music and comedy – as well as for top class food and drink.

To round off a highly successful 2014 this stylish restaurant and bar has just hosted an evening which cleverly combined all the above.

Its end-of-year event featured two exciting young musicians and a well-established comedian.

Rob Deering, who has written and hosted a range television and radio programmes, was the headline act. Billed as the UK’s leading ‘guitar-playing comedian’ he was perfect as MC for the sell-out night.

First to be introduced was locally-based Beth Prior who plays infectious melodies from the heart. She appeared at Henry Tudor House early in 2014 to launch her EP and was obviously pleased to be back playing to her hometown crowd.

The audience was in for a treat next, with a sublime performance by the prodigiously talented Blair Dunlop, who has strong connections to Shrewsbury.

He made his acting debut as the young Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory directed by Tim Burton in 2005 and now, aged only 22, is making a name for himself as a rising star in the folk music world, having picked up the Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. 

A short set of his own compositions and two covers was enough to leave people in awe of his skilled guitar playing and beautifully-crafted songs. If he is not a star before very long there is little justice in the music world.

Shrewsbury is truly lucky to have Henry Tudor House as such a stylish and successful venue which showcases such performers.

Owners Graham and Clare Jenkins are planning a busy year ahead, with some exciting acts booked already for its live music and comedy evenings.

The first date in the 2015 calendar will be on February 8, when the Robin Nolan Trio will be playing, followed by guitarist Jennifer Crook who will appear on February 22.

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